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9th January 2013 - The Atlantic

Learning From the Soviets: How to Withdraw From Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One unique feature of Afghanistan's history, in addition to the ubiquity of foreign invasions that stretch back for 2600 years, is the manner in which one would-be conqueror after another found its position...

5th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Promise ‘Sacred Jihad’ if US Forces Remain in Afghanistan Past 2014

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have vowed to continue their "sacred jihad" if the Afghan government agrees to allow the United States to keep forces in Afghanistan past 2014. The Taliban made the statement as the Afghan...

31st December 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills ‘Several’ al Qaeda-Linked Fighters in Kunar Raid

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

The International Security Assistance Force announced today that "several" insurgents were killed during an Afghan and Coalition force raid in Taliban-infested Kunar province. Following an inquiry by The Long War Journal...

26th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Attacks US Base in Khost

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack outside of a US base in eastern Afghanistan that is known to house CIA operatives who are hunting al Qaeda and other terrorist leaders across the border in Pakistan.

24th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Policewoman Kills US Military Adviser Inside Interior Ministry

Bill Roggio

An Afghan policewoman gunned down a US military adviser inside the Interior Ministry today. The insider, or green-on-blue, attack is the first in nearly six weeks, and the first recorded by a female member...

21st December 2012 - Quoted by Luke Mogelson, The New Republic

The Last Men

Thomas Joscelyn

Eleven years later, almost to the week, Griffis’s time in Afghanistan, along with that of the last of the additional forces sent there by President Obama in early 2010, came to an end. Charlie Troop pulled out...

10th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills Another al Qaeda Commander in Kunar Raid

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces killed another al Qaeda leader in the remote, Taliban-controlled province of Kunar during a raid last week.

5th December 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

What Good is It Giving the Turks Patriot Missiles?

Jonathan Schanzer

The Associated Press reports: “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says NATO’s decision to send Patriot missiles to Turkey is a clear message to Syria: Turkey is backed by its allies.

5th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Launches 2 Raids Targeting al Qaeda-Linked Commanders

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Yesterday the International Security Assistance Force conducted two raids targeting insurgent leaders with ties to al Qaeda inside Afghanistan. In the Watahpur district in Kunar province, Afghan and Coalition forces killed...

3rd December 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills IMU/Taliban District Commander in Afghan North

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan forces killed a dual-hatted Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Taliban district commander during a raid in northern Afghanistan four days ago.

2nd December 2012 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Attacks US Airbase in Jalalabad

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team attacked Forward Operating Base Fenty, a large airbase in Nangarhar in eastern Afghanistan, early this morning. The heavily armed Taliban assault team...

29th November 2012 - Foreign Policy

Georgian Dream Shows Its Dark Side

When Georgian President Mikheil Saakasvhili conceded defeat in parliamentary elections last month, he set an admirable and important precedent. Never before in the Caucasus, and only rarely in the post-Soviet...

26th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

Another IMU ‘Weapons Facilitator’ Captured in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition forces captured a "weapons facilitator" from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan during an operation in Kwajah district in Afghanistan's Takhar province yesterday.

26th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Analysis Shows Afghan Violence Remains Worse Than Before Surge

Thomas Joscelyn

During a speech at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, DC last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that by "nearly every indication," the insurgency...

14th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Data Show Insurgent Attacks, Civilian Casualties Increased in September

Thomas Joscelyn

On Oct. 23, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) released updated figures on the violence in Afghanistan. The data cover the period through September 2012, and as in previous...

12th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

Insurgency Encroaching on Central Afghanistan

As NATO forces continue to scale down combat operations in Afghanistan, New Zealand forces that have been stationed in the relatively stable central province of Bamyan since 2003 have quietly and...

5th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

Senior Haqqani Network Leader Again Calls on Turks, Kurds to Wage Jihad in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Mullah Sangeen Zadran, a senior Haqqani Network leader who is on the US's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists for supporting al Qaeda and who holds a captured a US soldier in Afghanistan,...

1st November 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

American Exceptionalism and Its Discontents

Clifford D. May

In May 2011, the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, a columnist I admire, wrote an opinion piece titled “The Myth of American Exceptionalism.” In it, he opined that the “problem of the 21st century is...

30th October 2012 - Cited by TOLO News -

Alleged Insider Attack Kills 2 Nato Troops in Helmand

Two Isaf troops were killed and as many as two were injured in an apparent insider attack in southern Helmand province on Tuesday, officials said, with some reports saying the soldiers were British.

30th October 2012 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Policeman Kills 2 British Soldiers in Helmand

Bill Roggio

An Afghan policeman opened fire on Coalition soldiers operating in Helmand province earlier today, killing two British soldiers. Today's killing of Coalition forces marks the 40th green-on-blue...

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